More than 50 cities in the U.S. have set up bike-share programs, so you can get around town more easily than ever. Have you tried these systems? All you need is a credit card and you can rent a bike from one of the many stations around each municipality. You don’t have to return them to the same spot, either; you can park your bicycle across town at another bike-share station. Read on to learn about some of the best places to take bicycle trips.
There are several areas around the District of Columbia that participate in bike-share programs, so you can bike to major tourist sites from your hotel room. There are systems in Virginia and Maryland operating in Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Arlington County. The bike routes are mostly flat, so cycling around is fast and fun.
Texans may drill oil, but they also are big on bicycling. Bicyclists attending a recent festival rented so many bikes that they broke rental records. This area is a fantastic cowboy-and-cowgirl spot to saddle up in.
The wind doesn’t slow down bike-share participants in Chicago. No matter how cold and blustery the Windy City’s temperatures get, there are plenty of people pedaling around Lake Michigan, through downtown, and into the neighborhoods. Bike-share is popular in this urban region of Illinois.
San Francisco, California
The Bay Area is a big biking community, especially San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City, and Mountain View, which are all served by bike-share programs. You can pedal across one of the iconic bridges; ride through Chinatown, or past the painted lady Victorians for a memorable time. Some commuters use this system to ride to and from Bart train stations and into their offices, including in Silicon Valley.
Bike-sharing is popular in the mile-high city. Denver is known to be a hiking, biking, healthy municipality, so it’s no surprise that this system caught on like wildfire when it began in 2010. Tourists rent bikes, sports enthusiasts pedal to games, and commuters cycle to and from work, as well.
New York City, New York
Last but not least, New York has the most popular bike-sharing program of the bunch. The Big Apple has a whopping 6,000 rentable bicycles available. You don’t have to fret about cycling through crazy Manhattan traffic, either, because there are north-south bike lanes and even a path through Times Square and Central Park.
Forget about taxicabs, limousines, rental cars, or walking everywhere, because there are bikes to rent in most major cities. You also don’t have to worry about trying to pack your bicycle to bring with you. What could be easier than bike-share?